Sovet-Union: START: 1958-1964:

A Russian Pro -

KMZ factory in Kryznogorsk outside Moscow mostly produced Zenit cameras. But in 1958 they started production of what was meant to be a soviet professional system camera. It featured interchangeable finder and a high quality lens. But only this lens was ever produced until the production was stopped in 1964.

PAD semi-automatic diaphragm, a highly rated Helios lens, interchangeable finder and a breach lock mount were among the features of the Start. Size: 145x97x50 mm. Weight: 701 grams. Sn. 7103433.
The very good Helios 44 58/2 lens. Sn. 0040078.
Inherited from the Exacta of 1954, followed up by Alpa, Miranda and Topcon, Start featured the PAD (Pressure Activated Diaphragm) semi automatic shutter/aperture system. The shutter is activated from a prolonged button on the lens, thus stopping down the aperture as the shutter is released. There was no IRM here, but the aperture went back to full opening after winding, which was a step ahead compared to Exakta and Topcon, for instance. And other details:
Time setting dial, winder arm and counter.
Rewinder knob and film cutter handle.
Film cutter: unscrew and lift.
Edge of film cutter

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13.10 | 09:36

There is no exact list of sn/year of production, but the first ones had 9xx xxx, close to 1 mill.That was late summer/autumn 1964. Yours is probably early 1965.

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13.10 | 03:56

who can tell me what year was asahi pentax spotmatic SP made 1054359

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10.10 | 00:26

Hi,
Some 10% of the different models were produced in black, so probably between 10`-15000 samples out of the 135000 S1a/H1a. Too many to be really rare.

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09.10 | 21:32

Hi, I have a black S1a with No. 658004, is it rare?
First time on your side, much to learn about Pentax.

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